Louise Pentz: Figurative Clay Sculptures

Figurative Clay Sculptures

LOUISE PENTZ

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Clay is the perfect material to express and symbolize the human experience.

Clay, like us, is fragile, vulnerable and temporary.

Also like us - it is strong, functional and can have a very long legacy.

My clay figures express my awe of women who, with great courage and dignity, face the injustices of the lack of education, the lack of freedom to make personal life choices and the lack of economic resources. Some of these women have experienced physical, emotional and sexual violence. Their wisdom and strength of spirit carries them, and those who depend on them, through life.

This struggle and endurance is captured in the surface scars and smoke fire marks on each sculpture, suggesting that women have fought these inequalities for millennia.

To quote Hillary Clinton ... "The role and rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century."

All injustices can be righted.

This work is my voice of protest against these injustices and my celebration of the indomitable lives lived by these remarkable women.

Clay sculpture No More by Louise Pentz

No More (detail)

Clay sculpture Knower, by Louise Pentz

Knower
Height: 53 cm (21 in)

Clay sculpture by Louise Pentz
Figurative clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

No More
Height 109 cm (43 in)

sculpture detail

No More (detail)

Sculpture by Louise Pentz

Lament
Height: 84 cm (33 in)

Figurative clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

Literatus
Height: 139 cm (54 in)

detail of sculpture by Louise Pentz

Literatus (detail)

Figurative clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

Invocation
Height: 76 cm (30 in)

Clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

Dancer
Height: 126 cm (50 in) x 38 cm x 18 cm

Clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

Singer
Height: 133 cm (52 in)

Clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

Singer (detail)

Sculpture

Burden of Injustice
Height: 87 cm (34 in)

Figurative clay sculpture by Louise Pentz

In Louise's studio

Detail of sculpture

Burden of Injustice
(detail)

Collateral Damage installation

Collateral Damage
Approx. H 60 x 130 x 96 cm

detail of sculpture

Collateral Damage (detail)
Height: 80 cm (34 in)

Sculpture

Bird Without Wings
H 27 x 18 x 13.5 cm

Clay sculpture

Freedom Begins
H 51 x 30 x 7 cm

Sculpture detail

Cayenne (detail)
Height: 40 cm (16 in)

 

Sculpture by Louise Pentz

Things We Carry
H 105 x 59 x 46 cm

Installation at Mary E. Black Gallery

Installation at Mary E. Black Gallery

Louise firing a clay figure
Louise firing a clay figure



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